Nov.25 - Mercedes' utter dominance since 2014 explains why many Formula 1 fans do not regard Lewis Hamilton as the best driver of his generation.

That is the view of Red Bull's Dr Helmut Marko, when asked about the surprising results of an online survey that showed fans believe quadruple world champion Sebastian Vettel is the best of his generation.

Indeed, 53 percent voted for the German, compared to 31 percent for new seven time world champion Hamilton. The other votes went to Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen.

When asked about the results, Marko told Auto Bild: "There is no doubt that Lewis Hamilton drives brilliantly.

"It could be because in the hybrid era - Hamilton's Mercedes cars were far superior in terms of engine performance alone.

"From 2014 to 2016, Mercedes were also first and second in the world championship - also in 2019 and probably this year too.

"Mark Webber never got above third place when Vettel was champion in 2010 to 2013," the Austrian noted. "And Sebastian managed to become vice-champion twice with Ferrari in 2017 and 2018 - he was able to beat Bottas in a Mercedes, which really speaks for his class."

British newspapers report that Hamilton, 35, is set to be knighted by Queen Elizabeth II early next year.


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5 F1 Fan comments on “Marko comments after Vettel voted as best of generation

  1. Colin Murphy

    Knighting Hamilton will severely dilute the honour bestowed on many previous recipients who actually did something usefull to help others rather than just spotlight the flag. I never believed JS should have been knighted either. Same goes for knighting entertainment celebrities.

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    • Lindsay STEWART

      I totally agree, Knighthoods are for people who have done something SPECIAL to HELP the COMMUNITY.........not for someone who can drive a car fast......could also offer it to the HOONS on the Motorways ( they drive Fast )

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      • John Mitchell

        Well you both live in the past. I would say that the list of the likes of Lewis and entertainers would far exceed the few that got the award for pure community service. Usually other awards for them. Did not necessarily representing the UK in the World. This does not mean I think community service not worth it. Far from it.

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  2. Kenneth J LaBry

    There is no doubt that Hamilton is a very good driver but Marko's comparison is well made. As with Ascari, Fangio, Moss, and Clark, Vettel won his championships in a non-dominant car package. The Red Bull in the Vettel Championship era was a very good chassis with an adequate powerplant but was not dominant in either case.

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